AKRON  The Ohio Fire Safety Coalition recently presented $23,500 to the Akron Children’s Hospital Paul and Carol David Foundation Burn Institute.

Since its founding in 2005, OFSC has raised and donated $284,500 for the hospital to support education and prevention initiatives, purchase medical equipment, provide patient support programs and fund research.

Proceeds this year will go toward purchasing designated medical equipment for the Burn Center. Funds are being applied to purchasing three 3D TVs and software packages utilized to help in the treatment of patients and two CO2 monitoring devices. Funds were raised during the 12th annual OFSC Burn Invitational golf tournament at Glenmoor Country Club in Jackson Township. The four-person golf scramble was followed by silent and live auctions.

"We had a record turnout this year with over 100 golfers playing in the tournament. We continue to focus fundraising for the purchasing of breakthrough medical treatment equipment for the Burn Center at Akron Children’s, which provides care for burn victims of all ages throughout northeast Ohio," said Matthew Kuwatch, OFSC founder and Burn Invitational Chairman in a news release. "The OFSC Burn Invitational is not just an opportunity to bring people together to support Akron Children’s Hospital, but also to raise awareness on fire safety and the steps you can take to save lives, including installing residential fire sprinklers.  A special thank you goes out to all our sponsors, attendees, and supporters as the event would not be successful without you."

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, more than 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and about 18,300 are injured. For additional information on OFSC, contact Matthew Kuwatch at 216-233-5014 or Julie Schade at 216-447-5677.

The 2017 Burn Invitational planning is underway and will take place in August. Follow the Ohio Fire Safety Coalition on facebook for updates.